Carl Grether's Crafty C. T., who ended 2002 with back-to-back third-place finishes in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) and Cigar Mile (gr. I), is gearing up for his return to action as a 5-year-old and worked five furlongs in :58 4/5, handily, at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.
A colt by Montbrook established a new record at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in training sale after garnering a sale-topping bid of $1.2 million at Calder Race Course Tuesday.
Sunshine Millions Turf hero Adminniestrator is expected to make his next start in either the March 15 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 ½ miles over Santa Anita's turf course, the nine-furlong Singapore Classic (gr. IIIT), which will be contested on March 7 at Singapore Racecourse, or the 10-furlong Singapore International Cup (gr. IT), which will be run at on May 17, according to trainer Paddy Gallagher.
A colt from the first crop of Seattle Slew stallion Doneraile Court brought a final bid of $400,000 from agent John Ferguson to top the early returns at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in training sale at Calder Race Course on Tuesday.
- By Tom Precious
Racetracks and off-track betting parlors in New York must begin a program that lets problem gamblers voluntarily shut themselves out from betting, the state Racing and Wagering Board ordered Feb. 4.
Rock of Gibraltar, the son of Danehill who won a European record seven consecutive group I events, has a line up of top mares awaiting his presence at stud
Jockey Jerry Bailey may have a decision to make after riding Stonerside Stable's Congaree to a comfortable victory in Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.
Bits and pieces from around the industry...
Kentucky's horse industry is proceeding with a plan to develop a computerized equine reproductive health monitoring system at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) after hearing and approving a proposal Monday from a Virginia-based epidemiologist.
A yearling selection clinic will kick off the 2002 Thoroughbred International Exposition & Conference, held in Lexington. The selection clinic, which will be held June 20, will be an opportunity for owners, breeders, farm managers and trainers to learn from successful evaluators.
Scientists in Kentucky say it is too soon to tell whether West Nile virus (WNV) has been causing equine abortions. But they have found enough evidence to make them want to explore the possibility that the disease can play a role in fetal loss.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The governors of New York and California may strike deals that will hurt the racing industry.
Equine abortions were down in Kentucky for the first time this year based on the latest weekly report from the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC).
- By Tom LaMarra
A representative of the Alabama Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association said that, despite concerns from a few National HBPA affiliates, the organization is working to improve the outlook for Thoroughbred racing in the state.
By John Russell -- Despite the generosity of the sport at large, the funds directed toward the survival, care, and rehabilitation of most of the horses that are no longer wanted on the racetrack or in the breeding shed are relatively small.
Barretts has catalogued 208 horses for its March select sale of 2-year-olds in training. The total represents a 24.6% increase from 2002, when 167 horses were listed.
Gray/roan colt, foaled April 16, 2000
El Prado--Smooth Swinger, by Kris S.
Dark bay/brown colt, foaled March 19, 2000
Robannier--El Fox, by Grey Dawn II
- By Tom LaMarra
In a Jan. 31 report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Magna Entertainment said two of its racetracks have experienced operating losses over the past two years, and the impact will be assessed when the company releases its 2002 financial statement.
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